First Sunday after Christmas

Call to Worship/Lighting the Advent Wreath

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.—Colossians 3:12-17 

Today, we once again light the CHRIST candle that is surrounded by the candles of HOPE, LOVE, JOY, and PEACE.  We celebrate the harmony that comes in Christ and comes in all of His gifts.  We come bringing the offerings of our praise, and we come as a family of God blessed by the unity that Christ grants to us. 

Let us pray: O Father, as we light these candles, our hearts are filled with adoration and praise for You.  Soon, we will break forth in singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.  Receive our worship and fill our hearts with the Word of Christ.  Grant us Your Spirit that everything we do, think, or say would be done in the Name of our Lord Jesus and with thanksgiving to You, O Father.  In Christ’s Name, Amen.